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Justices Hear On Ritter’s Phone Records

DENVER (AP) – An attorney for The Denver Post says that if former Gov. Bill Ritter doesn’t have to release a list of business calls he made on his personal cellphone while in office, it will provide a recipe for public officials to conduct government business in secret.

Lawyer Steven Zansberg made those arguments Friday to the Colorado Supreme Court, which hasn’t made a ruling yet.

The Post has sought access to Ritter’s cellphone records since 2008 under the Colorado Open Records Act.

Ritter has acknowledged that many calls made on his personal cellphone during his term were related to his work as governor. But his attorneys say Ritter paid for the phone himself and records of the calls aren’t public.

The Post is appealing rulings that have sided with Ritter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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